The America Argentine coach Santiago Solari beat this Sunday 4-2 at Pachuca with the leading role of Colombian Roger Martínez, but he was eliminated from Closure by tying the series 5-5 with one goal less on the road.
In an exciting duel, Martínez, twice, the Mexican Luis Fuentes and the Argentine Leonardo Suárez, one each, converted for the Eagles, and Pachuca discounted with annotations from the Ecuadorian Romario Ibarra and the Argentine Gustavo Cabral.
America, who lost the first leg 3-1, came out with an offensive attitude. In minute 5 he received a blow with a goal from Ibarra to a pass from Erick Aguirre, but he got up and was the owner of the first half with Martinez leading the way.
The Eagles tied the match with a penalty taken by the Colombian in the 17th minute and took a 2-1 lead when the South American gave a pass to Luis Fuentes, who finished off with a left foot and beat goalkeeper Óscar Ustari. In a state of grace, Roger threw the team on his shoulder and in the 53rd minute increased the lead with a long-distance goal that at that time tied the series 4-4.
The airs blew on the back of América de Solari when Paraguayan defender Bruno Valdez knocked down Colombian Felipe Pardo in the area and caused a penalty that Cabral took well for the 3-2 that put Pachuca in front again in the quarterfinal duel. final.
America did not give up and in 73 they drew 5-5 to make the game 4-2; Súarez hit a ball with his left foot on a free kick and over the barrier placed the ball at the corner, despite having little space available.
Final sterile acceleration of the Eagles
The Eagles went all out on the attack for the necessary goal, but they missed several headshots and could not violate the Tuzos defense of Uruguayan coach Paulo Pezzolano.
A couple of hours before, the Santos Laguna of Uruguayan coach Guillermo Almada drew 1-1 with Javier Aguirre’s Monterrey and eliminated him by winning the series 3-2. Argentine Maxi Meza converted for Monterrey and Ronaldo Prieto rescued the equalizer, with which Santos won the ticket to the semifinal.
This Saturday Cruz Azul and Puebla became the first semifinalists of the championship; the Blues by eliminating Toluca and Puebla 4-3, by tying the series 1-1 with Atlas and leaving the rival out for better position in the table in the regular phase.
In the semifinals, Cruz Azul of Peruvian coach Juan Reynoso will face Pachuca and Puebla of Argentine Nicolás Larcamón against Santos Laguna.